Who are School Psychologists?
School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.
School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.
What training do school psychologists receive?
School psychologists receive specialized advanced graduate preparation that includes coursework and practical experiences relevant to both psychology and education. School psychologists typically complete either a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) or a doctoral degree (at least 90 graduate semester hours), both of which include a year-long 1,200-hour supervised internship.
Where do school psychologists work?
The majority of school psychologists work in K-12 public schools. They also provide services in a variety of other settings, including private schools, preschools, school district administration offices, universities, school-based health and mental health centers, community-based day treatment or residential clinics and hospitals, juvenile justice programs, and independent private practice.